Join City Club of Denver in welcoming Brad Buchanan, Executive Director of Denver Community Planning and Development
About Brad Buchanan
Brad Buchanan was appointed executive director of Denver Community Planning and Development by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in 2014. In this role, he is responsible for implementing visionary city planning and ensuring safe, responsible, sustainable building throughout Denver. The Department of Community Planning and Development is in charge of managing, planning and building within Denver, including designing and implementing citywide and neighborhood plans, establishing construction and design standards, coordinating revitalization efforts, managing historic preservation and performing code enforcement and education.
Before joining the City and County of Denver, Brad was a principal and board member at RNL, a fullservice design firm specializing in sustainable, integrated design. Brad is a past chair of the Denver Planning Board and past chairman of the Downtown Denver Partnership. He was a member of the Downtown Denver Area Plan steering committee and the 2027 Committee, charged with the implementation of the Downtown Area Plan. He has also served on Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission. Brad was a member of the Denver Zoning Task Force that completed the first substantial rewrite of the 1956 Denver Zoning code. The form- and context-based code, one of the first of its kind for a large city, was adopted unanimously by Denver City Council in June of 2010 along with a corresponding revision of the zoning map for the city.
In 1999, Brad founded Freedom by Design, a nonprofit organization providing design and construction services for the disabled community. Since its inception, Freedom by Design has grown nationwide, completing hundreds of projects each year. Brad has presented to more than 10,000 architects, engineers and contractors across the United States and abroad on the role of the architect as a leader in the design and construction process. He coauthored the “Design Build Teaming Checklist” and “The Architect’s Guide to Design Build.” He was elevated to fellowship by the American Institute of Architects in 2005.
Brad graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He and wife Margaret have two children, Grace, 18, and Will, 16
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